I could have flown home directly from Bangkok, but what fun would that be? I had planned my flights around unique (read geeky) travel experiences; in this segment, I’ll discuss my time in Hong Kong. I never left the airport, since I only had a few hours, but I always enjoy layovers at HKG, and due to a slight delay, I had even more time to enjoy the lounges.
Tarmac views and more from The Cathay Pacific Wing lounge in Hong Kong
After my flight from Bangkok, I was dropped off near transit security in Hong Kong. Once I got through that, I headed to the Wing Business Class lounge. I used British Airways Avios to book my flight from Hong Kong to Seoul on Cathay Pacific. I do not have any status with One World airlines, and I wanted to try a new product, so I opted to book Business Class on the 747. I hadn’t flown Cathay Pacific since my trip to Bali, and this was my first time in their business class seats. I will review this flight in detail soon.
The Wing lounge is very nice, and I was excited to explore it, since it was under construction on the last time I was flying on Cathay Pacific. Here are some reviews of Business Class Lounges and First Class Lounges from that trip in 2012.
Once in the lounge, I found a place to sit, and had a glass of champagne, and some fresh noodles.
Dandan noodles and champagne at The Wing. Is that a foodie faux pas?
The lounge selections at Hong Kong are quite extensive. There are also First Class areas at most Cathay Pacific Lounges, but I only had access to the Business Class lounges on this trip. They are still pretty nice. I’ve also visited other lounges in the airport, but of course it depends on which airline you are flying to determine access.
Since I had time, I decided to walk around and explore the airport a little bit. Hong Kong is always a favorite airport, among other reasons, just to walk around and see the diverse airplanes there, plus the beautiful high ceilings of the terminal.
old photo of the departure level of HKG airport
The Pier Lounge is located near gate 66, so it was much closer to my departure gate, so I eventually ended up there. Due to a delay, I had more time than I expected to spend here. This lounge is below the departure level, but has somewhat better tarmac views. Please also see Rocky’s review of The Pier.
Hong Kong International Airport…as seen from The Pier
The Pier does have a noodle bar, but having already had my fix at The Wing, I opted for a fresh smoothie. There is also a coffee bar, and a selection of fresh panini sandwiches. This lounge feels a bit more claustrophobic than The Wing since it is below departure level, and there is the high ceilings, but in terms of amenities, it is still quite nice, plus some closeups of tarmac traffic.
Finally boarding time for my flight to Seoul had come, so I gathered up my belongings and headed towards my gate. Next up my ride to Seoul. Sitting upstairs on the 747 in the older herringbone business class configuration. Always fun to fly upstairs, and this was my first time in this type of seating configuration.
Other posts in this series:
- Air Canada to Toronto and The Maple Leaf Lounge
- First Class all to myself: Lufthansa Inaugural Toronto to Munich
- Munich Lufthansa First Class lounge then transiting Frankfurt
- Thai Airways Royal First Class on the Airbus A380 Frankfurt to Bangkok
- Thai Airways Royal Silk Business Class Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur
- My time in Kuala Lumpur and at the Le Meridien
- Malaysia Airlines economy from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap
- The Le Meridien Angkor, my home base in Siem Reap
- A Picture Tour of the Angkor Wat Temples Around Siem Reap
- Best Western Amaranth for a short layover in Bangkok
- Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge and Spa
- Thai Airways Royal First Class Bangkok to Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounges in Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong to Seoul
- Hyatt Regency Incheon Airport
- Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge in Seoul
- The only passenger in Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Frankfurt
- The best lounge in the world? Back at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal
- Lufthansa First Class with a seat and a bed Frankfurt to Toronto